Bruce Stevenson Insurance Joins CIS Excellence Awards as Co-sponsor of the Independent Hotel of the Year Award

January 26, 2016

Award-winning insurance specialists, Bruce Stevenson, have joined the CIS Excellence Awards. Along with Davidson Asset Management, Bruce Stevenson will co-sponsor the Independent Hotel of the Year Award, which aims to identify and celebrate the best establishments Scotland has to offer.Print

According to the official award criteria, the winning hotel will possess the following attributes:

  • An operating philosophy based around the central tenets of innovation, guest satisfaction and a positive contribution to local tourism
  • Ultimate autonomy and the capability for senior staff to make key decisions which directly affect the way the business is run
  • A clear commitment to environmental awareness, ethical principles and sustainable operating practices in all areas, including local sourcing
  • Respected training initiatives and procedures which are proven to improve employee skills and career prospects
  • An innovative approach to encouraging and promoting tourism on both a local and national scale

As one of the largest independent insurance brokers in Scotland, Bruce Stevenson provides first-class comprehensive insurance and risk management services for both business and private clients. Account Executive, Carol Ward, is delighted to be cosponsoring the category with Davidson Asset Management: ‘Our new relationship with Catering Scotland as co-sponsors of the CIS Excellence Independent Hotel of the Year Award makes us extremely proud to support the hospitality sector,’ she says. ‘We look forward to serving the insurance needs of the Scottish hospitality and catering industry.’

With a number of offices in major cities throughout Scotland, Bruce Stevenson is already the broker of choice for a number of clients within the Scottish hospitality industry.

www.brucestevenson.co.uk

Enter the CIS Excellence Awards Before 11th March 2016!

January 24, 2016

 

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Entries and nominations are now open for the 2016 CIS Excellence Awards.

Organised in association with the Federation of Chefs Scotland and judged by a board of esteemed, independent individuals from the Scottish hospitality sector, the awards are open to all types of businesses, from restaurants, chefs, contract caterers and colleges, to hotels, pubs, event caterers and tourism organisations. By showcasing and celebrating the best that Scotland has to offer, the awards help to raise the profile of businesses and individuals throughout Scotland.

With 16 categories spanning the entire food, hospitality and tourism spectrum, there is an award to suit you or your business. Along with all the categories from 2015 year we are delighted to announce the launch of the brand-new Junior Chef of the Year Award, sponsored by Brakes Scotland. Seeking to identify the individual under 25 years of age who most deserves to be recognised for their skills, achievements, self-discipline and potential at this early stage in their career, the award will celebrate excellence in Scotland’s emerging talent.

NOW is the time to enter or nominate your company, clients, colleagues, associates and outstanding establishments. Nominations are free to enter and will remain open until midnight on Thursday 11th March after which the Awards Advisory Board will commence the judging process before selecting their shortlisted entries in April.

The winners will be presented with their awards at a black-tie ceremony at the Hilton Glasgow on Thursday 26th May 2016.

When nominating, please ensure you follow the specific criteria and guidelines for each award. Any queries about the nomination process, contact nominations@cis-excellenceawards.com and we will endeavour to assist.

Enter online and find out more about the categories, criteria, judges and ceremony at

www.cis-excellenceawards.com@CISAwards

THE 2016 CIS EXCELLENCE AWARD CATEGORIES

1) The Business Innovation Award, sponsored by Bidvest Scotland

2) The Employee of the Year Award, co-sponsored by RBS & Mazars

3) The Banqueting & Events Chef of the Year Award, co-sponsored by ASA Recruitment & PIDY

4) The Hospitality Educator Award, sponsored by Entier

5) The Healthier Scotland Award, sponsored by the healthyliving award, in association with NHS Health Scotland

6) The Training & Employee Retention Award, sponsored by Caterer.com

7) The Pub-Restaurant Excellence Award, sponsored by Heinz Foodservice

8) The Sustainable Business Award: This category is available for sponsorship

9) The Restaurant Newcomer of the Year Award, sponsored by Sodexo

10) The Independent Hotel of the Year Award, co-sponsored by Bruce Stevenson Insurance & Davidson Asset Management

11) The Junior Chef of the Year Award, sponsored by Brakes Scotland

12) The Group Hotel of the Year Award, sponsored by Gram

13) The Patisserie Chef of the Year Award, sponsored by Callebaut

14) The Restaurant of the Year Award, sponsored by Unilever Food Solutions

15) The Chef of the Year Award, sponsored by BaxterStorey Ltd

16) The Lifetime Excellence Award, sponsored by Braehead Foods

The CIS Excellence Awards 2016 Now OPEN for Entries!

January 11, 2016

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Entries and nominations are now open for the 2016 CIS Excellence Awards. You can browse the site to find out more about the  criteria and sponsors, and what you need to do to enter. You can also view winners’ photos from the 2015 event,  and previous years here.

Entries are open from today, 11th January until Friday 11th March. The judging takes place in March and April, and the awards ceremony will be held at the Hilton Glasgow on Thursday 26th May 2016.

When nominating, please ensure you follow the specific criteria and guidelines for each award, and if you have any queries about any part of the nomination process, Contact US at nominations@cis-excellenceawards.com and we will endeavour to assist.

In the meantime, we wish you the best of luck with this year’s awards.

The 2016 CIS Excellence Award Categories:

1)The Business Innovation Award, sponsored by Bidvest Scotland

2)The Employee of the Year Award, co-sponsored by RBS & Mazars

3)The Banqueting & Events Chef of the Year Award, co-sponsored by ASA Recruitment & PIDY

4)The Hospitality Educator Award, sponsored by Entier

5)The Healthier Scotland Award, sponsored by the healthyliving award, in association with NHS Health Scotland

6)The Training & Employee Retention Award, sponsored by Caterer.com

7)The Pub-Restaurant Excellence Award, sponsored by Heinz Foodservice

8)The Sustainable Business Award, co-sponsored by Bruce Stevenson Insurance & Davidson Asset Management

9)The Restaurant Newcomer of the Year Award, sponsored by Sodexo

10)The Independent Hotel of the Year Award, sponsored by Gram

11) The Junior Chef of the Year Award, sponsored by Brakes Scotland

12)The Group Hotel of the Year Award, sponsored by Gram

13)The Patisserie Chef of the Year Award, sponsored by Callebaut

14)The Restaurant of the Year Award, sponsored by Unilever Food Solutions

15)The Chef of the Year Award, sponsored by BaxterStorey Ltd

16)The Lifetime Excellence Award, sponsored by Braehead Foods

The Winners of the CIS Excellence Awards 2015

May 21, 2015

The Winners of the 2015 CIS Excellence Awards – which took place at the Hilton Glasgow on Thursday 21st May – are as follows:

 

The CIS Excellence Special Achievement Award, sponsored by Fresh Food Company

Awarded to: Patrick Elsmie, The Gleneagles Hotel

CIS 2015 Special Award

 

The Healthier Scotland Award, sponsored by the healthyliving award, in association with NHS Health Scotland

WINNER: BaxterStorey

CIS 2015 Healthier Scotland Award

 

 

 

 

 

Finalists:

  • Entiér Ltd at Robert Gordon’s College
  • SUBWAY Scotland

 

The Training & Employee Retention Award, sponsored by Caterer.com

WINNER: Jobs 2014 Recruitment (Cordia LLP)

CIS 2015 Traning and Employee Retention Award

Finalists:

  • citizenM Hotel, Glasgow
  • The Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa, Edinburgh

 

The Pub Excellence Award, sponsored by Heinz Foodservice

WINNER: Stravaigin, Glasgow

CIS 2015 Pub Excellence Award

Finalists:

  • The Buccleuch Arms Hotel, St Boswells
  • The Crown and Kitchen, East Linton (Highly Commended)

 

The Banqueting & Events Chef Award, co-sponsored by ASA Recruitment & Pidy

WINNER: Derek Donaldson, Hilton Glasgow

CIS 2015 Banqueting and Events Chef Award

Finalists:

  • Craig Gibb, The Orde Food Company
  • Bran Jankovic, Saltire Hospitality Ltd

 

The Sustainable Business Award, sponsored by Zero Waste Scotland

WINNER: The Gleneagles Hotel, Perthshire

CIS 2015 Sustainable Business Award

Finalist*

  • The Captains Galley, Scrabster

 

The Restaurant Newcomer of the Year Award, sponsored by Sodexo

WINNER: Ox and Finch, Glasgow

CIS 2015 Restaurant Newcomer Award

 

Finalists:

  • Cromlix & Chez Roux, Perthshire
  • IX Restaurant, Chester Hotel, Aberdeen

 

The Group Hotel of the Year Award, sponsored by GRAM

WINNER: Gleneagles Hotel, Perthshire

CIS 2015 Group Hotel Award

Finalists:

  • Crowne Plaza Glasgow
  • Inverlochy Castle, Torlundy, Fort William

 

The Hospitality Educator of the Year Award, sponsored by Skills Development Scotland

 

WINNER: Ian Gibb, Perth College UHI

CIS 2015 Hospitality Educator Award

Finalists:

  • Kenneth Hett, City of Glasgow College
  • Gary Maclean, City of Glasgow College

 

The Independent Hotel of the Year Award, co-sponsored by Davidson Asset Management and The People’s Pension

WINNER:  Duisdale House Hotel, Isle of Skye

CIS 2015 Independent Hotel Award

Finalists:

  • The Dunstane Hotel, Edinburgh
  • Moor of Rannoch Hotel, Highland Perthshire

 

The Restaurant of the Year Award, sponsored by Unilever Food Solutions

WINNER: The Adamson, St Andrews

CIS 2015 Restaurant of the Year Award

Finalists:

  • Blackaddie House Hotel, Sanquhar, Dumfriess-shire
  • Gordon’s Restaurant, Inverkeilor, by Arbroath
  • The Whitehouse Restaurant, Lochaline, near Fort William

 

The Employee of the Year Award, co-sponsored by Mazars & The Royal Bank of Scotland

WINNER: Gayle Johnstone, The Tennent’s Training Academy, Glasgow

CIS 2015 Employee of the Year Award

Finalists:

  • Adam Davies, GH Event Catering, Edinburgh
  • Jo Watson, Entiér Ltd, Aberdeen

 

The Business Innovation Award, sponsored by Bidvest 3663

WINNER: Piranha, from Pelican Procurement Services

CIS 2015 Business Innovation Award

Finalist*

24 (Compass Group UK & Ireland)

 

The Patisserie Chef of the Year Award, sponsored by Callebaut

WINNER: Keith Marley, La Potinière, Gullane, East Lothian

CIS 2015 Patisserie Chef Award

Finalists:

  • Gerard Chouet, Restaurant Andrew Fairlie, Gleneagles, Auchterarder
  • Colin Hall, The Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa, Edinburgh

 

The Chef of the Year Award,sponsored by BaxterStorey

WINNER: Craig Wood, The Wee Restaurant, North Queensferry

CIS 2015 Chef of the Year Award

Finalists:

  • Darin Campbell, Cromlix & Chez Roux, Perthshire
  • Derek Donaldson, Hilton Glasgow
  • Mark Greenaway, Restaurant  Mark Greenaway, Edinburgh
  • Ian McAndrew, Blackaddie House Hotel, Sanquar, Dumfriess-shire

 

The Lifetime Excellence Award,sponsored by Braehead Foods

WINNER: Maurice Taylor, Chardon Trading Ltd

CIS 2015 Lifetime Award

de Burgh Wine Merchants Join the CIS Excellence Awards

April 27, 2015

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The CIS Excellence Awards has welcomed a new supporting sponsor in the form of de Burgh Wine Merchants. A leading wholesaler to a wide variety of restaurants, hotels and bistros throughout Scotland and the UK, de Burgh also provides services to private and corporate customers.
Offering a large range of wines – specially selected by a group of experts including managing director Tarquin de Burgh – the company is ideally placed to serve the Scottish hospitality industry in a personal and reliable fashion. www.de-burgh.com

CIS Excellence Awards 2015 Finalists Announced!

April 21, 2015

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The shortlist of nominees for the 2015 CIS Excellence Awards has been released by the Advisory Board. With 15 categories – ranging from the established Healthier Scotland, Sustainable Business and Chef of the Year Awards, to the brand-new Patisserie Chef and Banqueting & Events Chef categories – this year’s ceremony on 21st May will be the most exciting and prestigious to date.

As ever, the event is being held at the Hilton Glasgow and will be the culmination of months of hard work by the nominees and the advisory board members alike.

If you’d like to enjoy the finest food, wine and entertainment at the biggest night in the Scottish hospitality and catering calendar, book your tickets now. And for those looking to stay over at the Hilton Glasgow, an exclusive discount booking code is available (until rooms run out!) by calling 0141 204 5555 and quoting PR22ED.

In the meantime, may we take this opportunity to congratulate all the shortlisted individuals and organisations, and wish them all the best of luck for the big night.

 

The finalists (in alphabetical order) for the 2015 CIS Excellence Awards are as follows:

The Healthier Scotland Award, sponsored by the healthyliving award, in association with NHS Health Scotland

Finalists:

  • BaxterStorey
  • Entiér Ltd at Robert Gordon’s College
  • SUBWAY Scotland

 

The Training & Employee Retention Award, sponsored by Caterer.com

Finalists:

  • citizenM Hotel, Glasgow
  • Jobs2014 Recruitment Team (Cordia)
  • The Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa, Edinburgh

 

The Pub Excellence Award, sponsored by Heinz Foodservice

Finalists:

  • The Buccleuch Arms Hotel, St Boswells
  • The Crown and Kitchen, East Linton
  • Stravaigin, Glasgow

 

The Banqueting & Events Chef Award, co-sponsored by ASA Recruitment & Pidy

Finalists:

  • Derek Donaldson, Hilton Glasgow
  • Craig Gibb, The Orde Food Company
  • Bran Jankovic, Saltire Hospitality Ltd

 

The Sustainable Business Award, sponsored by Zero Waste Scotland

Finalists*:

  • The Gleneagles Hotel, Perthshire
  • The Captains Galley, Scrabster

 

The Restaurant Newcomer of the Year Award, sponsored by Sodexo

Finalists:

  • Cromlix & Chez Roux, Perthshire
  • IX Restaurant, Chester Hotel, Aberdeen
  • Ox and Finch, Glasgow

 

The Group Hotel of the Year Award, sponsored by GRAM

Finalists:

  • Crowne Plaza Glasgow
  • Gleneagles Hotel, Perthshire
  • Inverlochy Castle, Torlundy, Fort William

 

The Hospitality Educator of the Year Award, sponsored by Skills Development Scotland

Finalists:

  • Ian Gibb, Perth College UHI
  • Kenneth Hett, City of Glasgow College
  • Gary Maclean, City of Glasgow College

 

The Independent Hotel of the Year Award,  co-sponsored by Davidson Asset Management and The People’s Pension

Finalists:

  • Duisdale House Hotel, Isle of Skye
  • The Dunstane Hotel, Edinburgh
  • Moor of Rannoch Hotel, Highland Perthshire

 

The Restaurant of the Year Award, sponsored by Unilever Food Solutions

Finalists:

  • The Adamson, St Andrews
  • Blackaddie House Hotel, Sanquhar, Dumfriess-shire
  • Gordon’s Restaurant, Inverkeilor, by Arbroath
  • The Whitehouse Restaurant, Lochaline, near Fort William

 

The Employee of the Year Award, co-sponsored by Mazars & The Royal Bank of Scotland

Finalists:

  • Adam Davies, GH Event Catering, Edinburgh
  • Gayle Johnstone, The Tennent’s Training Academy, Glasgow
  • Jo Watson, Entiér Ltd, Aberdeen

 

The Business Innovation Award, sponsored by Bidvest 3663

Finalists*:

  • Pelican Procurement Services
  • 24 (Compass Group UK & Ireland)

 

The Patisserie Chef of the Year Award, sponsored by Callebaut

  • Gerard Chouet, Restaurant Andrew Fairlie, Gleneagles, Auchterarder
  • Colin Hall, The Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa, Edinburgh
  • Keith Marley, La Potinière, Gullane, East Lothian

 

The Chef of the Year Award, sponsored by BaxterStorey

  • Darin Campbell, Cromlix & Chez Roux, Perthshire
  • Derek Donaldson, Hilton Glasgow
  • Mark Greenaway, Restaurant Mark Greenaway, Edinburgh
  • Ian McAndrew, Blackaddie House Hotel, Sanquar, Dumfriess-shire
  • Craig Wood, The Wee Restaurant, North Queensferry

 

The Lifetime Excellence Award, sponsored by Braehead Foods

The winner of this award will be announced on the evening of 21st May.

 

* Please note: Only two finalists have been selected in categories marked with an asterisk.

CALLING ALL ENTRANTS OF THE 2015 CIS EXCELLENCE AWARDS!

March 9, 2015

Due to the high level of nominations this year, the website is hosting a backlog of entries and we need to know about these from you as soon as possible.

To all entrants of the 2015 CIS Excellence Awards: If you’ve not received a confirmation email of your entry through the CIS Awards website, please email nominations@cis-excellenceawards.com & we’ll be in touch.

If you have already received confirmation of receipt from the event manager, you do not need to do anything. If not, we will be in touch with you today and will ask you to resend your nomination to nominations@cis-excellenceawards.com.

Any questions or queries in the meantime, please call Judith on 07791 103 999 or email judith@mdpd.co.uk

Many thanks and with kind regards,

The CIS Excellence Awards Team

Calling All Nominees!

March 6, 2015

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The CIS Excellence Awards website is performing slowly today with the volume of entries we’re receiving. If you have submitted a nomination via the website and not yet received a confirmation email from the event manager, please resubmit your entry and substantiating evidence to

nominations@cis-excellenceawards.com.
Once this has been received you will receive a confirmation email from Judith Wilson.
Good luck with your nominations!

The CIS Excellence Awards Team.

PS – Any urgent queries, please call Judith on 07791 103 999, or Alex on 08448 40 50 20.

Visit the CIS Excellence Awards New Facebook Page!

January 19, 2015

The CIS Excellence Awards has launched its revamped Facebook page, complete with category & sponsor information, plus full pics of winners from the past three years.

With 15 categories – including the all-new Banqueting & Events Chef of the Year, co-sponsored by ASA Recruitment & Pidy, The Pastry Chef of the Year, sponsored by Callebaut, and the Training & Employee Retention Award, sponsored by Caterer.com – the CIS Excellence Awards are pitched at the very best individuals and operators in the Scottish catering, hospitality and tourism industry.

Entries are open now and close on Friday 6th March 2015. Click here to view the criteria and sponsor info, and take a look at the new Facebook page here.

 
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The CIS Excellence Awards 2015 Now OPEN for Entries!

January 12, 2015

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Entries and Nominations are now open for the 2015 awards. You can browse the site to find out more about the  criteria and sponsors, and why not take a look at the new categories here!

Please ensure you follow the specific criteria and guidelines for each award, and if you have any queries about any part of the nomination process, contact nominations@cis-excellenceawards.com and we will endeavour to assist.

In the meantime, we wish you the best of luck with this year’s awards.

 

The 2015 CIS Excellence Award Categories:

1) The Business Innovation Award, sponsored by Bidvest 3663

2) The Employee of the Year Award, co-sponsored by RBS & Mazars

3) The Banqueting & Events Chef of the Year Award, co-sponsored by ASA Recruitment & PIDY

4) The Hospitality Educator Award – This award is available for sponsorship

5) The Healthier Scotland Award, sponsored by the healthyliving award, in association with NHS Health Scotland

6) The Training & Employee Retention Award, sponsored by Caterer.com

7) The Pub-Restaurant Excellence Award, sponsored by Heinz Foodservice

8) The Sustainable Business Award, sponsored by Zero Waste Scotland

9) The Restaurant Newcomer of the Year Award, sponsored by Sodexo

10) The Independent Hotel of the Year Award, sponsored by Gram

11) The Group Hotel of the Year Award, co-sponsored by Davidson Asset Management and The People’s Pension

12) The Patisserie Chef of the Year Award, sponsored by Callebaut

13) The Restaurant of the Year Award, sponsored by Unilever Food Solutions

14) The Chef of the Year Award, sponsored by BaxterStorey Ltd

15) The Lifetime Excellence Award, sponsored by Braehead Foods